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Leadership, Justice, and Community Practice


Many professional social workers perform administrative duties and engage leadership within a few years of graduation, from supervision to budgeting to program development and evaluation. This interdisciplinary graduate certificate offers students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in community engagement, advocacy and social justice, and organizational administration. This certificate prepares students to accept leadership roles in partnership with agencies and communities, with a focus on facilitating changes that promote equity and justice




Leadership Certificate Declaration of Intent

Students take nine credit hours of required courses:

  • SW6800 – Social Justice Seminar: Engaging Organizations and Communities in Social Change (3) (Offered in Fall Semester Only)
  • PADMN6550 – Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
  • PADMN6965 – Special Topics in Public Administration (3)

In addition, six credit hours of elective courses are chosen from the following:

  • CMP6030 - Leadership and Community Engagement (3)
  • MGT6780 - Non-Profit Consulting (3)
  • FCS6700 - Analyzing Community Growth: An Evidence-based Approach (3)
  • FCS6730 - Community Development & Environmental Change (3)
  • PADMN6323 - Policy Analysis (3)
  • PADMN6340 - Organizational Productivity and Change (3)
  • PADMN 6360 Public HRM (3)
  • PADMN6380 - Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PADMN6525 - Engaging Volunteers in Public & Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • PADMN6540 - Nonprofit Advocacy (3)
  • PADMN6563 - Program and Policy Evaluation (3)
  • PADMN6570 - Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • SW 6623 Advocacy and PR Skills for Social Workers (3)
  • SW6500 - Optional Social Work Practicum (1 - 5)
  • SW6352 - Global Issues in Women's Health (3)
  • Additional select SW electives may count toward this certificate; please consult with academic advisor.

Note: Though the total credit hour requirement for this certificate is 15 credit hours, only a limited amount of credit hours taken outside of the MSW Program will count toward the MSW degree.


Students outside of the College of Social Work as well as non-matriculated students are welcome to complete this certificate.

An application for admission to this graduate certificate must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0


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Last Updated: 10/19/21